Australian National Heritage List
The Australian National Heritage List is a heritage register, a list of national heritage places deemed to be of outstanding heritage significance to Australia. The list includes natural, historic and indigenous places. Once on the National Heritage List the provisions of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 apply.
|Type||Heritage register of natural, historic and indigenous places that are not owned by the Commonwealth of Australia|
|Preceded by||Register of the National Estate|
|Compiled by||Commonwealth of Australia via the Australian Heritage Council|
|Approved by||Minister for the Environment|
The Australian National Heritage List, together with the Commonwealth Heritage List, replaced the former Register of the National Estate. Places on the Australian National Heritage List are places of outstanding heritage value for Australia and the Commonwealth Heritage List for heritage places that are owned or controlled by the Commonwealth of Australia.
Criteria for listing
To be included on the list, a nominated place is assessed by the Australian Heritage Council against nine criteria:
- importance in the course, or pattern, of Australia's natural or cultural history
- possession of uncommon, rare or endangered aspects of Australia's natural or cultural history
- potential to yield information that will contribute to an understanding of Australia's natural or cultural history
- importance in demonstrating the principal characteristics of a class of Australia's natural or cultural places or environments
- importance in exhibiting particular aesthetic characteristics valued by a community or cultural group
- importance in demonstrating a high degree of creative or technical achievement at a particular period
- strong or special association with a particular community or cultural group for social, cultural or spiritual reasons
- special association with the life or works of a person, or group of persons, of importance in Australia's natural or cultural history
- importance as part of Indigenous tradition.
In addition, the place must pass a "significance threshold"; it must have 'outstanding' heritage value to the nation as a whole. This is determined by comparison to other similar places. Once the Heritage Council has made an assessment, it forwards a recommendation to the Minister for the Environment, who shall make a determination.
|State/territory||Number of places|
|Australian Capital Territory||5|
|New South Wales||35|
The Australian National Heritage List comprises the following sites:
- A One of 15 World Heritage places included in the National Heritage List on 21 May 2007.
- B Yard 4 North was added on 4 August 2009.
Further notes about table
- The following historic resources are included within multiple state lists:
- "Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, Section 324A". Australasian Legal Information Institute. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
- "Register of the National Estate". Australian Government. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
- Environment.gov.au, Retrieved 21 September 2009
- "National Heritage List criteria". About Australia's heritage. Department of the Environment and Energy, Australian Government. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
- "Search: National Heritage List". Australian Heritage Database. Department of the Environment and Energy, Australian Government. Retrieved 28 September 2017.